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Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2006 11:50:26 -0500
From: Tim <tim-security@...tinelchicken.org>
To: Fajar Edisya Putera <fajarep@...il.com>
Cc: full-disclosure@...ts.grok.org.uk
Subject: Re: [OOT] Thesis for master degree

> Hello everyone, sorry for wasting your bandwidth

You couldn't be any worse than than the kiddies...

> I'm currently trying to find an interesting topic in computer networking
> security for my master degree thesis, I've read a lot of jurnal that related
> with computer networking and security. All journal seem to advanced for me,
> sometimes the journal has mathematical formula that I don't understand what
> is the point for. Maybe someone here willing to help me? an idea? or another
> journal website?


I recently finished up an MS thesis in security.  When I was trying to
narrow down a topic, I was told that the final paper should have at
least one *original* idea.  Generally this idea is something somewhat
mathematical, and something you can apply to the problem at hand.  It
may also be an original application of established mathematical
principles to a problem of interest.  Some of the suggestions of other
posters are highly specialized to a here-today-gone-tomorrow topic... if
you focus on one of those, you'll have a much harder time coming up with
a good original idea that your advisors will be happy with.

My advice is to try and find a big problem in security that is long from
being solved, and try to bite off a small piece of it.  Find out what
others have done to try and solve the problem, figure out why those
approaches are insufficient due to complexity/cost/etc, and try to
improve on it with a novel technique.

good luck,
tim

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